Cups and cakes to thank hospital after transplant
A mum has marked the 10 years since she had a heart transplant by raising funds for the hospital that saved her life.
Helen Smith, 53, of Hythe Road, Ashford, has raised more than £700 for Harefield Hospital in Middlesex, where she had the transplant.
The mum-of-one was born with a leaky valve and her condition, mitral regurgitation, deteriorated as she got older.
But although her transplant in 2006 was initially successful, her body rejected the new organ three years later, causing Helen to suffer kidney failure.
Her brother Andy Christie gave her one of his kidneys and Helen had a transplant at Guy’s Hospital in London in 2010.
Helen held a coffee morning at her home, and as well as coffee and homemade cakes, there was a raffle and plants and handmade cards were among a range of items on sale.
Helen Smith and brother Andy Christie with cakes to tempt visitors to their fundraising event